New group spearheads innovation in Exeter

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I’m pleased to be able to tell you that the University of Exeter is supporting ExIST – the Exeter Initiative of Science and Technology, a new scheme spearheaded by the Exeter Chamber of Commerce and Industry, which is also supported by Exeter City Council.

The initiative brings together a number of leading technological businesses from across the city, including Flybe, South West Communications, Graphic PLC, South West Metal Finishing, Landmark, TCL Global, the Met Office, Select Statistics, Sands Engineering and Ashwoods Automotive.

We’ll be looking to increase interaction and communication between members so that we can identify supply chain opportunities and raise awareness of Exeter’s position as a leading centre for science and technology.

ExIST’s chair, Robert McIlwraith, said ‘Exeter has a wide range of businesses that are working at the forefront of innovation: the ExIST group will not only heighten awareness that these companies already exist in this area, but will push this to the next level by encouraging high business growth in this industry and incoming investment to Exeter’.

The initiative will also be working with education providers to ensure that their students are equipped with the skills needed by business, which will improve job opportunities for young people in the city.

Around 100 members of the business community attended a lunch event to launch the initiative, organized by Exeter Chamber of Commerce and Industry, at the city’s Southgate Hotel last Friday (July 15th).

With work progressing well on the Exeter Science Park, another key citywide project the University is involved in, it’s an exciting time for science and technology based businesses in Exeter.

If you’re a local science and technology focused businesses and want to find out more about ExIST, please email

Posted by Sean Fielding (Director of Research & Knowledge Transfer)

Pictured are (left to right): Sara Randall Johnson, Flybe; Martin Kadhim, Ashwoods Automotive; Ben Bradshaw, MP for Exeter; Robin Jackson, Innovation Centre; Derek Phillips, Exeter Chamber; Sean Fielding, University of Exeter

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